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Moses visiting Alabama this weekend
The timing of LSU’s firing of Les Miles is perfect for Alabama recruiting when it comes to its chances with Dylan Moses, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker.
Moses, a 5-star prospect from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), will take his first of five official visits this weekend when he travels to Alabama for the team’s game against Kentucky. The Tide get the first chance to impress Moses after the Miles firing, and that’s important.
As written about by SEC Country for several months now, it would be of the biggest recruiting shocks if Moses didn’t sign with LSU, but that all depended on whether Miles was the Tigers’ coach in 2017. Moses has been close with Miles ever since the prospect was an eighth-grader. LSU was his first offer and he was once committed to the program. Not only is Moses close with Miles but also his children. Now, there’s a major unknown with LSU’s future.
Let’s not forget that when the LSU administration tried to fire Miles at the end of last season, Moses went so far as to say he was not considering the Tigers because of the uncertainty. He also thought it was “wrong” how LSU was treating Miles.
Who was Moses’ leader at that time? Alabama.
“They lead because of their defense,” Moses told SEC Country back in December.“For me, I see myself in it, thriving and being pushed to the absolute limit. I also think Nick Saban is a fantastic coach and can adapt to any situation. If I could learn everything he has to teach me and master it, I feel like I can improve not only as a great player but later on as a better man as well. It’s not just about football with him.”
Moses has since backed off his declaration of Alabama leading for his signature, but he did tell SEC Country a few weeks ago that the Tide are recruiting him the hardest. A source close to the Alabama program told SEC Country that the Tide are indeed going all out in order to land Moses’ commitment come Dec. 15, which is when he’ll announce his decision.
The Tide have three linebackers committed in the Class of 2017, but they would like to add at least one more at the position. Not one of the three commits (4-star talents VanDarius Cowan, Markail Benton and Gary Johnson) is being recruited as an outside linebacker. Moses is viewed as one of the team’s top targets at OLB.
The Under Armour All-American will spend 48 hours on Alabama’s campus this weekend, and you can be assured that the Tide staff will be rolling out the red carpet for him. If I were to venture a guess, the LSU situation will be brought up at some point this weekend. Good thing for Alabama is that Saban, who Moses is very fond of, isn’t going anywhere.
With LSU proceeding with the inevitable and firing Miles, it does help the Tigers’ chances of getting Moses on board. A plan should be in place well before that commitment date. But now with Miles out as coach, Alabama’s chances with Moses have significantly increased.
Something interesting with Moses
If you follow Moses on Twitter, you have likely seen him have a lot of positive tweets lately surrounding the University of Houston and the city itself.
Houston is so live?…
— King Ⓜ️oses (@Dylan1Moses_) September 22, 2016
So what, you ask?
Tom Herman is Houston’s coach, who happens to be one of the favorites to land the vacant LSU job. Has Moses been paying more attention to Houston because he saw the Miles firing inevitably happening and knew Herman was on or near the top of LSU’s wish list? Possibly.
Moses is from Baton Rouge, La., so LSU is very near and dear to his heart. He has pictured himself wearing the prized No. 7 jersey at LSU and has said how great it would be if the Tigers won a national championship.
Perhaps the recent Houston love is Moses way of showing everyone that he would approve of Herman as LSU’s next coach. Let’s be honest, would Moses seriously consider the Cougars with Alabama, UCLA, Ohio State, Texas and several others in hot pursuit? It’s highly unlikely. That’s not a slight of Houston at all. It did pick up a 5-star commitment in Ed Oliver in 2016, but he is from Houston, so there’s a difference between adding him and adding Moses.
It’s still very early in this new situation to know where Moses’ recruitment stands, but these next three months until his commitment are going to be very interesting.
Other recruits who could be affected by the Miles firing
After LSU lost to Wisconsin in the season opener, I wrote which recruits Alabama would benefit with if Miles was fired. I figured after the Tigers’ awful performance against the Badgers, more losses would be on the horizon, which would ultimately lead to Miles getting the axe.
Check out all of the major targets that Alabama should benefit with now that Miles is no longer employed by LSU.
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